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The North West Territories

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Angry Itch, The S 
Approaching Armageddon  T 
B-B-Bubbas link-up S 
B-b-buttress S 
Beastie, The S 
Beerless Leader T 
California Chrome S 
Hard Times S 
Hocus Focus S 
Like Old Times S 
Paper Wafer T 
Plate Tectonics S 
Primitive Times  T 
Scrubbing Bubbas S 
Shine On S 

The North West Territories  

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Submitted By: lee hansche on Mar 10, 2008
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The farthest crag west at rumney this crag sees little attention due to its distant location (though it is only a 20 min walk for the motivated climber) and unfortunate majority of poor quality routes... There are however a few nice routes thrown in between and a crack gem up the hill. As of the latest guide book climbs here range from moderate (5.8) to hard (5.12). There has been some retro bolting happening out here perhaps to make routes more appealing to the masses but there is still something missing from what looks like a crag with great potential. Perhaps we should count our selves lucky that it is a distant crag that was picked for this ill fate.

Getting There 

Hike through the Blackjack Boulder and just keep going out the other end. The trail has gotten better over the years and should be easy enough to follow.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.5 miles from here

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The North West Territories:
Approaching Armageddon    5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   
B-b-buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   
California Chrome   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
B-B-Bubbas link-up   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Hard Times   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
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Jakob scoping out the dark, angling seam of Scrubb...

Scrubbing Bubbas 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  NH : Rumney : The North West Territories
I'm trying to picture the route clean and dry to find it more appealing. But that's not how I experienced it, and that's the typical state of it. But here's how it is.Behind a big boulder leaning on a tree find a mossy, normally wet corner with two visible bolts on a slightly steep face. Climb the corner laying back crimping and stemming. The crux is pulling out of the corner on to a slab. It's pretty tough. I ended up with a finger lock and a handjam when pulling the crux bulge. After pulling t...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

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By Mike Thompson
From: Manchester NH
Mar 10, 2008
i did a really cool 10 b or c outthere once. had a grand old time. and that ledge out there is crazy
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
May 8, 2009
If you're into slugs (like... REALLY into them), you should take a hike out here on a rainy day.

There are many bolted routes out here now. I wish I had a classic guide book... or knew what the dry, slug-filled route I got tossed off the other day was: Slightly technical start for the first bolt, working a hand/finger crack to gain the dihedral. After that it looks like it might be a fun face climb til anchors that were out of sight. Any ideas?
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Nov 30, 2011
im am not in to slugs (like... not at all) but i do like the route
jeff is referring to, Hard Times 5.11c...
By Max Dismukes
From: North Quincy, MA
Jun 12, 2014
I think I got on "The Angry Itch" here the other day. Is it four bolts long and with a very hard crux near the top involving micro crimps and/or a big sloper/arete? Really fun start and then got absolutely shut down at the top.
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